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5 people found this helpful  

Depends on where you end up.

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Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Pros

The perks, food and transportation being the main ones, but there are lots of things that make it a geek's paradise if you're into that sort of thing - games everywhere, free tickets and shuttles for some movies when they open (Transformers was one), etc. Let's face it, it looks good on your resume. The chance to meet some very bright and interesting people. There are so many opportunities to educate yourself about the world through your employer - everything from tech talks on a variety of technical topics to visits by politicians and public figures. It's cool to be on the inside and learn about new products everyone else will be talking about soon.

Cons

My experience was that of an intern so it may not be typical, but I ended up doing work I had absolutely no interest in and didn't envision getting my degree for without much opportunity to do something different. When interns are recruited they don't have much of a say on what type of work they'd like to do, so if you're stuck with something you don't like and want to work on more interesting things, that's what evenings and weekends are for.

If you have a PhD you can do some fascinating things at Google, but if you just have an undergrad degree you might be better off at a smaller company where you will get more opportunities to do different kinds of work that span several job positions at Google.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Products like Lively are released while some others with much more potential have been languishing in development for years. Seriously, what are you thinking?

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Great intentions, sometimes boring work

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    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Benefits of course. Free food, free transportation, gyms. The people are all great people to work with. They are people I would have chosen as friends - I just didn't have to look far for them.

    Cons

    Mundane work. If you are not an engineer, you are considered back office. Surprisingly the systems have not been developed enough so you end up being the band-aid holding things together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick NEW middle management. Hire professional training companies. Get a career path going. Stop giving MBAs a job that involves copying and pasting.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The perks are great, but it stops there.

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    Current Employee - Ad Sense Sales Manager in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Ad Sense Sales Manager in Thornton, CO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    They have amazing benefits and perks. The culture in some offices is very positive and fun. They allow honor system style time off for sickness as long as it is not abused. They have a large pool of talent and they look great on a resume.

    Cons

    The top levels of management are arrogant and inattentive. They seem to very self interested and only spout pre rehearsed, scripted answers to important questions. Promotions and reviews are based on your managers mood. The management is so flat that some managers have legions of googlers rolling up into them. This makes it very hard to stand out. The perks are there to put stars in your eyes so you won't see that there is very little opportunity for career advancement of nay note.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you employees when they say that morale is low. Look at people that are feeling bored and unchallenged a resource, not a menace. they are often your best an brightest.

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